Saturday, December 15, 2018

A royal baptism in Serbia

All photos courtesy of HRH Crown Prince Alexander

Prince Stefan of Serbia, the nine-month-old son, of Prince Philip and Princess Danica, was baptized today at the Royal Chapel of St. Andrew the First.  The Chapel is located in Royal Compound at Dedinje, Belgrade.

The little prince was carried into the service by his mother, Princess Danica. He was dressed in the same christening gown worn by his great-grandfather, King Peter II at his baptism in 1923.  The late king's godfather was the Duke of York, later King George VI.

The baby's godparents are Prince Philip's twin brother, Prince Alexander, Mrs. Petra Lazarevic and Mr. Dusan Antunovic.

The Patriarch Irinej of Serbia was joined by Bishop Lavrentije of Sabac as officiants at the baptism.  Bishop Lavrentije was the officiant at the religious wedding of Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine in 1985.   He also baptized all three of the Crown Prince's sons.

The guests at the baptism included a beaming Grandfather, Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine,  Prince Philip's mother, Princess Maria da  Gloria of Orleans and Braganca, Duchess of Segorbe,  Princess Danica's parents, Beba and Cile Markinovic,  HRH The Dowager Duchess of Calabria (Prince Philip's godmother), Prince Alexander of Serbia (the godfather), Prince Michael of Serbia (son of the late Prince Tomislav)  Mrs. Maja Gojkovic, President of the National Assembly of Serbia and members of Crown Princess Katherine's family.

A reception in the palace followed the baptism.  Crown Prince Alexander opened an exhibit "Royal Celebrations," of photographs of royal events in Serbia: the coronation of King Peter I, the marriage of King Alexander and Princess Marie of Romania, the baptisms of King Peter II, Crown Prince Alexander, Hereditary Prince Peter, Princes Philip and Alexander,  the wedding of King Peter II and Princess Alexandra of Greece, Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine.

Prince Stefan was born on February 25 in Belgrade.   After the baptism he received the Grand Cross of the Royal Order of the Karadjordje Star(1st class), the highest decoration in Royal House.

HRH Crown Princess Katherine, His Grace Bishop Lavrentije of Sabac, TRH Prince Philip, Princess Danica and Prince Stefan, HRH Crown Prince Alexander, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej, HRH Princess Maria da Gloria of Orleans and Bragança, Mr. Milan-Cile Marinkovic, Mrs. Beba Marinkovic

TRH Prince Stefan, Princess Danica and Prince Philip with Stefan’s godparents – Mrs. Petra Lazarevic, Mr. Dusan Antunovic and HRH Prince Alexander

Mr. David Andrews, HRH Prince Alexander, Alexander Andrews, Mrs. Madlena Zepter, HRH Crown Prince Alexander, HRH Princess Maria da Gloria of Orleans and Bragança, TRH Prince Philip, Prince Stefan and Princess Danica, Mr. Milan-Cile Marinkovic, Mrs. Beba Marinkovic, HRH Crown Princess Katherine, Mrs. Betty Roumeliotis, HRH Prince Mihailo and Dr. Angeliki Andrews Margariti

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